Medical Instument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Bronx , NY 10451

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located in Imaging Service, James J. Peters VA Medical Center. The position represents an above the full performance level for Medical Instrument Technician (Advanced-Special Assigned)(Diagnostic Ultrasound). At this level the technician is required to perform a full range of procedures including special complicated examinations for which there are no standard instructions or procedures.

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The incumbent perform independent portable ultrasound examinations in the intensive care units, emergency room, surgery, and throughout the Medical Center when required. They also work independently on evenings, nights, and weekend tours of duty as scheduled and/or when on call. Incumbent is responsible for providing staff development and training to staff. The incumbent will perform the following duties and responsibilities of a staff ultrasound technologist which include but are not limited to:

  • Performance of complex ultrasound examinations including abdominal, renal, gynecological and small parts scanning, vascular, cerebrovascular system, lower arterial extremities, Doppler exams, cardiac, etc.

  • Transport of patients from wheelchairs and stretchers onto the ultrasound table.

  • Positioning of patients and selection of proper technical factors based on the individual patients medical condition and the procedure requested.

  • Performs consultations with clinicians to obtain complete clinical history; gather pertinent clinical data.

  • Interpretation of sonographic images through comparison with known normal anatomic structures. Selection of proper images for photography.

  • May be required to develop films using automatic processor.

  • Maintains ultrasound exam records and/or reports for research studies and interesting case studies.

  • Schedules emergency ultrasound examinations.

  • Maintains a clean work area and adequate level of supplies with the ultrasound suite at all times.

  • Performs computer work and required forms associated with patient exams, complications and/or quality improvement activities.

  • Provides training staff development and guidance to students and residents from the affiliated programs.

  • Establishes policies and protocols with Ultrasound physicians.

  • The incumbent will participate in on-call or standby to provide 24 hour\7 day week coverage.

  • The incumbent is responsible for the quality assurance of the image (positioning/label/technique/ network information) prior to transmission to the PAC's network.

  • Provide education to patients and their families on ultrasound procedures.

  • Clerical and file room duties related to patient care.

  • Other duties as assigned of a related nature.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00am

  • 4:30pm with on call rotation for emergency cases.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Must submit all the required documents indicated in the announcement at the time of application.


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, of VA Policy.)

  • Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.

  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations".

  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Preferred Experience: Breast Sono/BLS

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the criteria discussed in the applicable headings, or that defined in the appendices, must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Diagnostic Ultrasound Technicians operate diagnostic ultrasonic scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose diseases and other medical conditions. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). (See Appendix C)

GS-9. In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level. KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment.

1.Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography.

    1. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

3.Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

    1. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

    1. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/54 JUNE 7, 2012 PART II APPENDIX G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Medical Instument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Department Of Veterans Affairs